9 DAYS ●
SAVE UP TO ￡200pp
This tour is a wonderfully unique opportunity to experience the most colourful and exciting part of Indian culture – the Indian wedding celebration. At the same time, enjoy the very best of India; from the sights, sounds and tastes of Old and New Delhi, to the iconic Taj Mahal, and the beautiful palaces and architecture of Jaipur.
Marvel at the magnificent Taj Mahal
Explore Jaipur, the 'pink city'
Old and New Delhi, Red Fort & Jama Masjid
Taste local food in Delhi
Our Exclusive Collection An Indian Wedding Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Fully immersed in one of the world’s oldest celebration rituals – an Indian wedding – as part of only 15 UK guests among the wedding party
Experience an evening celebration of singing and Bollywood dancing with the wedding family
Take part in the traditional ceremony in your stunning India traditional gowns, fully provided
Relax one night after the party in the luxurious tented accommodation, Samode Palace
Fly overnight to Delhi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers and a group briefing by your tour leader.
A city of equal chaos and charm, Delhi grabs you and doesn’t let go. Spend the morning exploring the sights of Old Delhi: drive past the colossal Red Fort, and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid before heading on a delicious food tour. You will be joined by a resident chef who will give you an insider’s view of the city’s food culture and allow you to taste some local delicacies. This afternoon make a brief stop at India Gate and parliament House before visiting the beautiful Humayun’s Tomb.
Today head to Agra, home of the most famous monument to love in the world – the Taj Mahal. Built by emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, this magnificent mausoleum took over 20 years and more than 20,000 craftsmen to complete. Admire the spectacular beauty before lunch at your hotel. This afternoon visit Agra Fort, a hulking mass of red sandstone sat on the banks of the Yamuna River. The Fort was established in the 16th century but has been much added to over time, making it an eclectic mix of architectural styles.
Drive to Jaipur today with an en route stop at Bharatpur to enjoy lunch. Upon arrival, you will get your first taste of the Indian wedding celebrations – the sangeet. This important pre-wedding event is an evening of song and dance, usually on the night before the big day. The entire wedding party comes together to dance, often in pre-choreographed moves set to traditional tunes, and usually followed by a night of thumping Bollywood numbers.
Spend today exploring more of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace Museum and marvel at the mixture of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art. Later, learn about how ancient astronomers measured the heavens at the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar observatory, followed by a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’. This evening, dressed in traditional clothing provided, you will be invited to participate in the exciting celebrations of the Indian wedding, comprising several traditional ceremonies. Enjoy the festivities with the couple and their family and friends.
After breakfast travel out of the city to admire the majestic Amber Fort, a marvellous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota lake below. Built in 1592, this red sandstone and marble fort effortlessly blends Hindu and Muslim architecture. Ride up to the fort in a jeep and walk through its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work, complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Later, continue on to Samode Palace, a luxury tented resort, for some well-earned relaxation time.
After a leisurely morning enjoying the resort facilities, return to Delhi and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
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Firstly you will attend the Sangeet – a celebration that involves the mingling of both the bride and groom’s family, it is an evening of singing and dancing including choreographed moves to Bollywood music! This evening is a first taste to Indian wedding events and the chance to meet the wedding parties before the big day. The next day, attend a series of ceremonies throughout the day including the Baraat Swaagat (welcoming), Jaimala (exchange of garlands), Havan (lighting of the sacred fire), Gath Bandhan (tying of the Nuptial Knot), Mangalphera (walk around the fire) and the Saptapadi (seven steps together) with the family and friends of the bride and groom.
To allow for a truly immersive experience, you will be provided with traditional Indian clothing to attend the wedding. Intricately designed fabrics with beads and draping, this is the perfect opportunity to delve into the colourful culture.
You will relax at the Samode Palace, a private garden retreat with luxurious tented accommodation in the grounds of Samode Palace. This is the perfect chance to unwind with fine dining, meditation, spa facilities and a pool in the countryside of rural India.
Before the wedding, an auspicious time, known as the muhurta, is set. This is based on the bride and groom’s dates of birth and astrologists use this to calculate the position of the stars and planets to reflect the wedding date.
The bride’s hands and feet are painted with intricate designs in Henna paint during the mehndi ceremony, usually the day before the wedding. Mehndi is known to be a powerful medicinal herb; the application of this to the bride’s hands and feet can relieve stress and anxiety built up on the day of the wedding, it can also cool the body down. On the big day, the groom will place a necklace of black and gold beads, known as the Mangala Sutra, around the bride. Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity, is known to be linked with the Mangala Sutra to ensure the bride receives blessings during her marriage.
The ceremony takes place under a structure called the mandap which is often elevated like a stage and decorated in flowers and greenery. In the centre of the mandap, a small fire burns to symbolise a sacrament rather than a contract as the marriage takes place. The fire is kept as a witness to the offerings made during the ceremony.
You will enjoy the very best of India with a tour of the iconic Golden Triangle route including Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur the ‘Pink City’ with the added opportunity of attending a culturally significant celebration displaying the rich heritage of this destination.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
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Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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